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Olicana Historical Society

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The Olicana Historical Society, which is affiliated to the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, arranges an annual winter programme of lectures on a variety of subjects of both general and local historical interest.

Meetings are being held in The Clarke Foley Centre Cunliffe Road ,Ilkley, The third Thursday of the month September to May  starting at 7.30pm. 

Next Talk Thursday 21st of April 

" New Light on the Dark Ages in North Craven" by Dr. David Johnson

                        to be followed by the AGM

Talk in May Thursday  19th 

Lead, Leats , Mines and Mills: Lead Mining in Upper Wharfedale by Mark Woronowski and Shirley Everett

In summer a programme of visits is arranged for members. Where possible these visits are linked to the winter lectures.

Members can also use the facilities of the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society in Leeds.

The annual subscription is £10. Non-members are welcome at the lectures. The cost for a non-member is £3 per lecture.

For further information contact:

The Hon Secretary

John Cruse,

3 Ellicott Court,

Park Road,


LS29 6PA

(Tel 01943 870952)

or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






2021- 2022 Lecture Programme


16 September

   Reformation & Resistance

     in 16th Century Yorkshire

Helen Frisby

6th May Foster Pickles Memorial Lecture

To be held in The Sanctuary, Christchurch, The Grove

Free Lecture

21 October

Survey in Middleton Woods

 Chris Atkinson

18 November

The History of Farm Cheese


Andy Swinscoe

16 December

Otley's Teutonic Links

Shirley Wise


Re-arranged for 19th May

Lead, Leats, Mines & Mills :

Lead & Coal Mining in Upper Wharfedale

Mark Woronowski & Shirley Everett

17 February

Yeadon - Above and beyond

Ken Cothliff

17 March

"Old Flames - Firing Steam Locomotives across the Pennines"

Granville Dobson

21 April

"New Light on the Dark Ages" in North Craven

David Johnson

 The 67th AGM